You might wonder how sugar waxing or this sugaring hair removal recipe is different from other popular sugaring techniques, such as honey based body wax.

In reality, they are not much different except, this recipe is probably the best known homemade body waxing method out there and stands out in its simplicity of ingredients.

Sugar waxing – Sugaring hair removal recipe


You’ll need:

2 cups of regular granulated sugar
1/4 cup of water (some people use distilled water, but tap water is just fine
1/4 cup of freshly squeezed lemon juice (remove seeds).


A saucepan
A plastic container or jar
Dull knife
Cotton strips (cut out an old t-shirt)
Cooking thermometer.


1 Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan.

2 Start with heating the mix up on low temperature, until the bubbles start showing up.

3 Using the thermometer, make sure the mix has reached 250F. When this happens, take it off and pour into the previously prepared container. Let the mix cool down.

4 Make sure the mix has cooled enough so it doesn’t burn you.

5 Using the dull knife, spread the mix in the direction of hair growth.

6 Place the cotton strip, press with your fingers a bit and then pull in the direction opposite the hair growth.

To wash off, use warm water and soap, that will do it.

Helpful tips

Make sure the hairs are 1/4 inch or so long. If too short, you won’t be able to pull them out.

This mix can be reused if you haven’t used it all up the first time. Simply keep in the refrigerator and then reheat in the microwave when you want to use it.

Finally, to help pull out the hairs more easily, take a shower beforehand and use a body scrub to remove extra dead skin that sugar might adhere to.

That’s it!

Follow up with a good moisturizer, and you’re good to go 🙂

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